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Racks of fresh pies cool after being baked (Credit: Daniel Brennan)

Racks of fresh pies cool after being baked at Briermere Farms in Riverhead. (Oct. 8, 2011)

In season: fruit pies that take the cake

Perhaps it is the arrival of the year's new apples, or the anticipation of that most pie-centric of holidays, Thanksgiving. But autumn is unquestionably pie season. Here on Long Island, it's not only bakeries that get into the act, but farm stands and catering shops. We scoured Nassau and Suffolk -- and sought reader recommen- dations -- for great fruit pies. -- Erica Marcus (Newsday / Oct. 20, 2011)

A selection of fresh handmade pies are sold
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A selection of fresh handmade pies are sold at Wickham's Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. The farm's pies are unique because they are made only using fruit grown on the farm. (Oct. 8, 2011)

A slice of fresh apple-rasberry pie at Wickham's
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A slice of fresh apple-rasberry pie at Wickham's Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. The farm's pies are made only using fruit grown on the farm. (Oct. 8, 2011)

Homemade apple pie such as that in the
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Homemade apple pie such as that in the foreground is one of the popular pies sold at Wickham's Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. (Oct. 8, 2011)

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James Ruschak, 46, of Park Slope, Brooklyn, browses
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James Ruschak, 46, of Park Slope, Brooklyn, browses the selection of fresh handmade pies at Wickham's Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. Ruschak says he typically buys several pies to bring back and share with friends and family. (Oct. 8, 2011)

Racks of fresh pies cool after being baked
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Racks of fresh pies cool after being baked at Briermere Farms in Riverhead. (Oct. 8, 2011)

A slice of fresh apple-raspberry pie sits on
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A slice of fresh apple-raspberry pie sits on a counter at Wickham's Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. The farm's pies are unique because they are made only using fruit grown on their farm. (Oct. 8, 2011)

Apple-rasberry pie is among the popular pies sold
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Apple-rasberry pie is among the popular pies sold at Wickham's Fruit Farm in Cutchogue, where the pies are made using the farm's own fruit. (Oct. 8, 2011)

Blueberry crisp pie is among those made and
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Blueberry crisp pie is among those made and sold at Wickham's Fruit Farm in Cutchogue. The farm's pies are unique because they are made only using fruit grown on the farm. (Oct. 8, 2011)

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The apple-cranberry crumb pie, made with Fortune apples,
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The apple-cranberry crumb pie, made with Fortune apples, is among the pies made at the Jericho Cider Mill. (Oct. 9, 2011)

A pie is boxed up for a customer
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A pie is boxed up for a customer at Briermere Farms in Riverhead. (Oct. 8, 2011)

An apple-cranberry crumb pie, made with Fortune apples,
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An apple-cranberry crumb pie, made with Fortune apples, is seen atop apples for sale at Jericho Cider Mill in Jericho. (Oct. 9, 2011)

The blackboard attests to the wide selection of
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The blackboard attests to the wide selection of fresh pies made and sold at Briermere Farms in Riverhead. (Oct. 8, 2011)

A fresh strawberry-rhubarb pie sits on a table
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A fresh strawberry-rhubarb pie sits on a table at Briermere Farms in Riverhead. (Oct. 8, 2011)

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At the Jericho Cider Mill in Jericho, Brandon
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At the Jericho Cider Mill in Jericho, Brandon Koebel of Commack cleans and dices apples that Billy McCormick of East Meadow peels using a traditional peeling and coring machine. These apples will go into the cider mill's pies. (Oct. 9, 2011)

The apple-cranberry crumb pie, made with Fortune apples,
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The apple-cranberry crumb pie, made with Fortune apples, at the Jericho Cider Mill is popular among customers at the Jericho establishment. (Oct. 9, 2011)

Apple-peach crumb pies cool after baking in the
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Apple-peach crumb pies cool after baking in the oven at the Jericho Cider Mill in Jericho. (Oct. 1, 2011)

Customers eye the pies at the Youngs Farm
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Customers eye the pies at the Youngs Farm in Old Brookville. (Oct. 9, 2011)

Staff members at the Jericho Cider Mill in
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Staff members at the Jericho Cider Mill in Jericho make more than 400 pies a day during apple season. (Oct. 9, 2011)

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Labels await placement in the pie display at
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Labels await placement in the pie display at the Annex at Youngs Farm in Old Brookville. The shop offers more than a dozen varieties of pies. (Oct. 9, 2011)

A customer chooses home-prepared edibles at Loafers Bakery
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A customer chooses home-prepared edibles at Loafers Bakery in Locust Valley. (Oct. 8, 2011)

An eye-catching apple pie is seen at the
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An eye-catching apple pie is seen at the Youngs Farm in Old Brookville. (Oct. 9, 2011)

Sisters Remsen Weir Dooley and Abby Youngs Weir
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Sisters Remsen Weir Dooley and Abby Youngs Weir show off two of the more than 12 varieties of pies -- mainly fruit pies -- available at Youngs Farm Annex in Old Brookville. (Oct. 9, 2011)

Lauren and Michelle Ruzzier, sisters from Upper Brookville,
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Lauren and Michelle Ruzzier, sisters from Upper Brookville, try to decide on a pie at the Youngs Farm Annex in Old Brookville. (Oct. 9, 2011)

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Elizabeth Koslow arranges the pies and their signs
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Elizabeth Koslow arranges the pies and their signs in the display case at the Youngs Farm Annex shop in Old Brookville. (Oct. 9, 2011)

Clockwise from top left, a cherry pie, strawberry-rhubarb
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Clockwise from top left, a cherry pie, strawberry-rhubarb pie and blueberry pie sit on a cutting board at Loafers Bakery in Locust Valley. (Oct. 8, 2011)

A slice of freshly baked strawberry-rhubarb pie sits
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A slice of freshly baked strawberry-rhubarb pie sits on a table at Briermere Farms in Riverhead. (Oct. 8, 2011)

Pies and cakes are on display at Loafers
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Pies and cakes are on display at Loafers Bakery in Locust Valley. (Oct. 8, 2011)

The
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The "fruit of the forest pie" is made with blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb at the Olish Farms in Eastport. (Oct. 10, 2011)

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An apple pie is displayed at Diane's Bakery
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An apple pie is displayed at Diane's Bakery in Roslyn. (Oct. 13, 2011)

Diane Margaritis stands with an assortment of her
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Diane Margaritis stands with an assortment of her pies in her bakery, Diane's Bakery Cafe in Roslyn. (Oct. 13, 2011)

Roslyn, NY: Thursday, October 13, 2011--- The apple
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Roslyn, NY: Thursday, October 13, 2011--- The apple pie from Diane's Bakery. Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Roslyn, NY: Thursday, October 13, 2011--- The triple
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Roslyn, NY: Thursday, October 13, 2011--- The triple berry pie from Diane's Bakery. Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

Roslyn, NY: Thursday, October 13, 2011--- The apple
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Roslyn, NY: Thursday, October 13, 2011--- The apple pie from Diane's Bakery. Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

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